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The men are now stranded in the UAE.

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9 stranded in UAE over fake job offer on WhatsApp

 

DUBAI – Nine Indian men are stranded in Al Ain and Ajman after they were lured into the UAE by bogus job offers through WhatsApp.

The victims, all from Kerala, said they were offered jobs in the UAE within 15 days. They received the info through a WhatsApp message that was widely circulated on social media.

The men reportedly paid up to 70,000 Indian rupees to an agent named Shafeeq to arrange their visas to the UAE. They sold their family’s gold and borrowed money to finance their travel.

Fazil, one of the victims, told Khaleej Times that he was offered a job that paid Dh1,200 per month at a supermarket in Al Ain, with free food and accommodation.

He was part of a WhatsApp chatgroup made by the recruiter, and was told they would all be working in the same company.

When they landed in Abu Dhabi on July 15, however, they were told by the agent that they would need to find new jobs as their employer at the supermarket had allegedly been jailed.

The Indian Embassy in Abu Dhabi has offered to help repatriate the men and reiterated a warning to jobseekers to follow immigration rules in order to avoid bogus recruiters. ICA/Expat Media

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